A Unique Aspect of the San Francisco Experimental Vessel Traffic System has been its extensive use of real time automatic processing technology. Automatic detection and tracking of vessels in radar coverage areas has successfully been accomplished even in the presence of clutter. Vessel movement information has been extracted, presented to operators on computer-animated displays, and traffic analyzed both automatically and at the request of operators. But these demonstrated capabilities should be employed only as a guide to the design of future systems and not interpreted as a literal prototype configuration. Future system designs should assume traffic will be controlled, rather than advised. Risk analysis based upon port geometry, traffic levels, and minimum turning radius can contribute to assessing deployment priorities. Vessel routing should be constrained to follow narrow tracks rather than broad lanes. A minimum configuration would be based upon a computerized Vessel Movement Reporting (VMR) system. Data entry and retrieval terminals could be available within the maritime community. Information, including guidance, could be selectively distributed to active ships via a novel multiplexed television transmission. All radar configurations would include automatic detection and tracking equipment. Finally, area navigation systems could be integrated with VTS.

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    Institute of Navigation

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  • Authors:
    • Cote Jr, A J
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

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  • Accession Number: 00084623
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute of Navigation
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1975 12:00AM